Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is vast. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, February 22-28. Details and times are subject to change.
INDEPENDENT LENS: “MR. SOUL!’ (2020) 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). A documentary on the variety show “Soul!” aired on PBS from 1968 to 1973. “Soul!” was created and hosted by theater producer Ellis Haizlip, and produced by a black team led by women. In an interview with the New York Times, Felipe Luciano, who worked on the production team, explained, “’Soul!’ gave viewers the first real sense of the expansion of black culture. This documentary, directed by Melissa Haizlip, the niece of the show’s creator, stars Sidney Poitier, Blair Underwood and Patti LaBelle.
TO HAVE AMERICAN 8 p.m. on CNBC. This scam documentary series reaches its end of season exploring the world of social media scammers and crowdfunding. One of the episode’s ploys involves Katelyn McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico, who made headlines for organizing a deceptive GoFundMe campaign in 2017 with Johnny Bobbitt, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. United that the couple said they were trying to help.
THE BOURNE IDENTITY (2002) 8 p.m. on AMC. Matt Damon plays Jason Bourne, a man suffering from amnesia and saved by a fishing boat. He does not remember details of his life, including his own name. Bourne begins to remember it and realizes that he speaks French and German. He’s also an expert in melee combat, which is useful once he starts to outrun authorities targeting him. “Mr. Damon at first seems too sullen and cerebral to be an action hero, but he captures Bourne’s situation perfectly and takes him seriously enough that the improbable vanity of the film seems more interesting than it would have. could be otherwise, ”wrote AO Scott in his review for The Times.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017) 7:40 p.m. on FXM. PT Barnum is a name synonymous with the long-standing circus that bears his name. The circus bowed out in 2017, but audiences can still experience it thanks to “The Greatest Showman,” which introduces audiences to the man behind the show. The film is a rag-to-rich tale, beginning in Barnum’s childhood as a penniless orphan full of ideas and imagination. He was drawn to wax museums, then to live shows. “‘Showman’ has the makings of a splashing good time, because he’s got the perfect star in Hugh Jackman, Broadway’s most charismatic man of his generation,” Zinoman wrote in his review for The Times.
THE STORY OF A SOLDIER (1984) 10 p.m. on TCM. Set during World War II, this Oscar-nominated film, based on a play by Charles Fuller, is set on an all-black military base in Louisiana. When a sergeant is murdered, his death is investigated by Captain Richard Davenport, a lawyer and one of the few high-ranking black officers in the entire U.S. military. As the captain investigates, tensions between black soldiers and white officers who lead basic combat training come to light. The original stage work, “A Soldier’s Play,” made its late Broadway debut last year; in an interview at the time, Fuller explained why he chose World War II as the setting. “Whenever you think of World War II and World War I, you think of white people,” he says. “Aren’t we worth some kind of interest – all these deaths of Africans, African Americans, blacks all over the world?”
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTER (2012) 8 p.m. on HBO. This retelling of the Snow White tale stars Kristen Stewart as the title role and Charlize Theron as the queen, Ravenna. The film is a departure from the Disney version of 1937, with a much darker approach. “Although it is an ambitious – at times fascinating – application of the latest in cinematic technology, the film attempts to take back some of the threat of the stories that were once told to scare children rather than console them,” said writes AO Scott in his review. for The Times. “Its mythical and medieval landscapes are heavily shaded and austere, and its flights of magic are summoned from an area of barely suppressed rage and dangerous power.
LACK OF CONGENIALITY (2000) 7 p.m. on Bravo. Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock), an FBI agent, realizes that a major terrorist’s next target is a Miss United States pageant. Since there are no other female agents, Hart is asked to go into hiding and enter the contest to help prevent the attack. However, she is far from the traditional candidate. “The problem, of course,” AO Scott wrote in her review for The Times, “is that despite her name, she’s spectacularly graceless, totally lacking the balanced femininity that the contest celebrates.
FIRE CARTS (nineteen eighty one) 5:45 p.m. on TCM. The two men in this tale, which takes place during the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, are sprinters representing Great Britain. But their similarities end there. One of them, Harold Abrahams, is the son of a Lithuanian Jew and strives to navigate exactly where he fits in British society. (Being athletic gives him an advantage.) The other, Eric Liddell, was born in China to Christian missionaries and sees running as a platform for him to spread the word of God.
THE 78TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 8 p.m. on NBC. The Golden Globes will be broadcast from both coasts. Tina Fey will host part of the Rainbow Room in New York City, and Amy Poehler will host the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Nominees for Best Drama include “The Father”, “Mank”, “Nomadland”, “Promising Young Woman” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Netflix leads with 42 nominations, including for shows like “The Queen’s Gambit”, “Ozark” and “The Crown”.